Tasting: August 3, 2011
Style: Pale Ale
My first two experiences with Bell’s was Hopslam and Two-Hearted Ales. I love both of these ales. I’m sorry to say that the rest of my experience with Bell’s has been mediocre.
This one is the last variety from the variety case I bought last month. The label has a cartoon of a friar ringing a bell I’m assuming that would represent that this is more of a belgian style pale ale than a California or English style pale ale. Also from the label 5.2% ABV (eh). Not much of a head — but volcanic carbonation. I’ve never seen so many bubbles — more than a glass of champagne. I’m getting very little aroma – maybe some bready grain. The first few sips aren’t that bad. The mouthfeel throws me — very fizzy and some astringency. Cracker like grains followed by a crisp but mellow bitter finish. I’ll peg this one at 82 points.
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